Scarpetta, who appears in more than a dozen books, is a brilliant medical examiner who loves to cook and has complicated romantic and familial relationships.
Variety.com said Fox 2000 is acquiring screen rights to Cornwell's book series and plans to develop it as a vehicle for Jolie, the Oscar-winning star of "Wanted," "Gone in Sixty Seconds," "Lara Croft: Tomb Raider" and "Girl, Interrupted."
The movie is not expected to be based on one particular Scarpetta novel and could possibly lead to a film franchise, the entertainment industry trade newspaper said.
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